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English (ENGL)

ENGL 003S (GH) The Great Traditions in American Literature (3) Major works of fiction, drama, and poetry from the colonial to the modern periods expressing enduring issues and values.

ENGL 003S The Great Traditions in American Literature (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

English 003 will constitute a wide ranging study of American literature, including novels, poems, plays, and prose, from a variety of thematic historical and/or generic vantages. Topics under consideration will vary from class to class, but may include such rubrics as autobiographical modes of American writing, the notion of America as a nation and the myth of American opportunity, the situating of "great " American literature within context of American history, the representation of "American family" and its values, for the construction of ideas of American character. The class will routinely address works by writers such as Bradstreet, Franklin, Emerson, Hawthorne, Douglass, Thoreau, Fuller, Melville, Witman, Dickinson, Twain, James, Cather, Frost, O'Neill, Hurston, Faulkner, Hemingway, Hughes, Wright, and Morrison. Students are expected to learn fundamental skills of close textual analysis in the context of their reading of a variety of established works of American literature from across a range of genres. They are expected to learn to write and think clearly about issues and ideas generated by the texts that they are directed to read. They are also expected to learn to write and think clearly about the issues raised by the discussion of these texts in the classroom. This course will satisfy a General Education Humanities requirement or a Bachelor of Arts Humanities requirement. This course will be offered at least once a year and will have an upper limit of 60 students.

General Education: GH
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2002

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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